Multigrid solvers for the biharmonic problem in IgA

MSc Jarle Sogn

April 10, 2018, 3:30 p.m. S2 416-1

In this presentation, we present multigrid solvers for the biharmonic problem in the framework of isogeometric analysis (IgA). In IgA it is easy to set up $H^2$-conforming discretizations and we consider the primal formulation of the biharmonic problem. We will propose two multigrid methods for
such a discretization, one based on Gauss-Seidel smoothing and one based on mass smoothing. We will prove that both are robust in the grid size, the latter is also robust in the spline degree. Numerical experiments illustrate the convergence theory and indicate the efficiency of the Gauss-Seidel based
multigrid approach, particularly in cases with non-trivial geometries. Finally, we present a hybrid smoother, which combines the two smoothers.